Voestalpine Stahl Donawitz steel plant

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Voestalpine Stahl Donawitz steel plant (also known as Donawitz Steelworks) is a 1570-thousand tonnes per annum (ttpa) blast furnace-basic oxygen furnace (BF-BOF) steel plant in Styria, in Austria. Voestalpine Stahl Donawitz steel plant operates a blast furnace (BF) and basic oxygen furnace (BOF).


The map below shows the exact location of the steel plant in Leoben, in Austria.

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The Voestalpine Stahl Donawitz steel plant began operating in 1878, with the history of the plant tracing back to the first hammer mills in Leoben that were established in 1436. In 1878, the construction of the Donawitz-Vordernberg railway line nearby created demand for steel and the plant was erected, with more units and ovens being added on through the years.[1]

In 1991, the Donawitz site split into three separate companies; in 1995, voestalpine had its initial public offering and purchased the site.[1]

In 2007, voestalpine completed the addition of a debris water plant, and in 2008, a captive power plant began operating onsite to power the plant's operations.[1]

In 2017, voestalpine announced it would be investing $114m in various equipment at the Donawitz plant yet no updates on these investments were publicly available.[2]

The plant is known for its low number of onsite employees; in 2017 several articles were published regarding how the plant only needed 14 people to make 500,000 tons of robust steel wire a year.[3][4]

The plant is listed as "Sinteranl., Hochöfen, Stahlwerk Donawitz" in a Sandbag report (link unknown), meaning "Sinter plant, blast furnaces, steelworks Donawitz," meaning it could have a sinter plant as well.

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Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "History". Voestalpine. Archived from the original on January 13, 2022. Retrieved January 18, 2022.
  2. Tanatar, Maria (2017-07-12). "Voestalpine to invest $114m in projects at Donawitz plant in Austria | Metal Bulletin.com". MetalBulletin. Retrieved 2022-02-20.
  3. "How Just 14 People Make 500,000 Tons of Steel a Year in Austria". Bloomberg. 2017-06-21. Retrieved 2022-02-20.
  4. Grossman, David (2017-06-22). "Highly-Automated Austrian Steel Mill Only Needs 14 People". Popular Mechanics. Retrieved 2022-02-20.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "voestalpine Stahl Donawitz GmbH". Voestalpine. Archived from the original on December 11, 2021. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Where is steel made in Europe?". Eurofer. Retrieved 2022-02-20.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Products". voestalpine. Retrieved 2022-02-20.
  8. "voestalpine Stahl Donawitz GmbH". DnB. Archived from the original on January 26, 2022. Retrieved January 26, 2022.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Certificate of Approval" (PDF). voestalpine. 2020-10-19. Retrieved 2022-02-20.
  10. "Investments". voestalpine. Retrieved 2022-02-20.
  11. "Annual Report 2018/19 - Investments". Voestalpine AG. Archived from the original on January 27, 2022. Retrieved January 27, 2022.

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